Haidar Barbouti makes Highland Village Premier Shopping center

When it comes to commercial real estate in the Houston area, there is one name that is without parallel. Haidar Barbouti has personified real estate, both in the USA and internationally for well over 20 years. Not only has he created many shopping malls, office buildings and various other commercial properties, he has been a staunch advocate for animals and children in need through his philanthropic endeavors.
Perhaps his most famous property is his flagship Highland Village shopping center. After a trip to Europe where he ate at the numerous open air café’s Haidar decided that he would like something similar for the rooftop area of the East end of Highland Village. Finding no suitable tenant, but knowing with certainty that a restaurant would be the perfect tenant to occupy the space, Haidar stepped out on a limb and decided to open a restaurant of his very own. With no culinary degree, no experience in the restaurant business Mr. Barbouti knew good food. He knew what people like, and he knew that he could make a go of it. Armed with his strong opinions about food and how a restaurant should be run, he opened “UP” in his Highland Village development.
When Up opened, the interesting thing was the owner’s take on running a restaurant. He famously said, “It’s not about what I want; it’s what the customer wants,” Fed up with places that offer frilly plates that look more like paintings than actual food and with the tiny portions, Haidar Barbouti set about making Up a different type of place. Nestled on the rooftop, Up is only accessible by elevator. The clientele tends to be the fashionable set; those who want to see and be seen. It’s not trendy food, it’s just good food in decent sized portions.
Highland Village is known as one of the most sought after high end retail spaces in Texas. It has the feel of a Los Angeles shopping district, with its Starbucks and J. Crew stores and palm trees. Mr. Barbouti has been at the helm as the owner of this astounding shopping center for 23 years. His guidance has made it into one of the best known, most sought after shopping districts anywhere in the United States.
The extraordinary success of Highland Village can partially be attributed to its optimal location; however the lion’s share of the credit for the success of this ritzy address is due to Haidar Barbouti. His steady hand on the rudder has guided this ship into the stratosphere of profit, accessibility and prestige when it comes to retail locations in Houston. With Mr. Barbouti at the helm, this franchise will continue to go up.

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